Energy Learning Network Forum

Event date: December 04, 2019

  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:00 AM
  • Thursday, December 5, 2019 5:00 PM

On December 4th and 5th, the Millennial Action Project convened a group of young state legislators for an in depth briefing to explore state-level approaches to renewable energy and microgrid development. Over the course of their time in Denver, CO, the group discussed the national landscape on renewable energy as well as regional and state specific opportunities and challenges to modernizing the grid. State Caucus Network Director Cherisse Eatmon described her experience saying, “Each of the legislators brought their own level of expertise as well as individualized interests in regards to the energy needs for their district and state. It was an incredible experience to witness these lawmakers put aside partisan rhetoric to focus on open dialogue and constructive conversations for tangible plans to improve energy infrastructure for their communities and constituents.” Briefings from national policy experts included the Rocky Mountain Institute, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Civil Society Institute, and more. 

On the second day, attendees had the chance to visit the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where the group toured the facility to see new innovations relating to clean and renewable energy. In addition to examining ways state and local policymakers can engage with the research and technologies of NREL, participants observed demonstrations detailing the future of wind energy and cybersecurity. NREL concluded the tour with a briefing on microgrids in respect to community preparedness, resilience, and recovery. In 2020, MAP will continue developing expertise within the group and identifying opportunities to advance renewable energy and microgrid development through state Future Caucuses across the country. 

Earlier Event: November 13

ImpactCR: Finding Bipartisan Policy Solutions in Today’s Political Climate

Later Event: December 10

CFC Roundtable: Better Protecting Our Children

Rep. Sara Jacobs


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